New bursary agreements for NSFAS recipients

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has reminded first year students, who have qualified to get a bursary from the NSFAS, to ensure that they have signed their agreements by 31 July 2018.


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NSFAS recently announced that it was implementing its new National Student Financial Aid Scheme Bursary Agreement (NBA) after government’s fee-free education announcement.

The NBA is only applicable to first-time entering students and senior students who applied to NSFAS for the first time this year.

NSFAS sent an email notification to students from the universities of Cape Town, Sol Plaatjie, Mfolozi, Port Elizabeth and Motheo technical vocational education and training colleges in early May.

Notifications will be sent to all other universities and colleges through the course of the year.

The email notification contains a link, which students must click and it takes them to an online version of the NBA, which they have to sign by the deadline. Each student will receive the email directly.

“NSFAS is concerned that the process is moving slowly. By 15 May, we had generated 37 893 NBAs, but only 5 063 had been signed,” the scheme said in a statement.

Affected students who fail to sign the NBA by 31 July 2018 will not have their bursaries paid.

The NBA also has new terms and conditions which students need to adhere to.

Students who sign an NBA:

How to sign the NBA

All students affected by the NSFAS NBA have to sign the new bursary agreement by 31 July 2018.

The NBA can be signed online or manually.

–          Online signing process

·         You will receive an email from the NSFAS.

·         The email will contain a link. Click this link. You will be directed to an online portal.

·         Input your ID number. The system will send an SMS to you, which contains a One Time Pin (OTP). The OTP will be sent to the cell phone number that you registered with the NSFAS.

·         Use the OTP to sign the NBA online.

·         When you have done this, you will see a notification that says that the NBA terms and conditions have been submitted.

–          Manual signing process

If the online signing option is not functioning optimally, the NSFAS will make a manual NBA available for onsite physical signing. This will be driven by the NSFAS Servicing Team at the scheme’s offices.

This option should only be used as a last resort as manual forms will delay approval and payment.

“We encourage all institutions to assist us to get students to sign the NBA by the required deadline,” NSFAS said in a statement.

If your cell phone number has changed you must email a certified copy of your green barcoded ID or smart card and an affidavit stating that you have changed your number and indicating your new number to

For more information, contact the NSFAS at 0860 067 327 or 021 763 3200.

Hatch: Bursary / Scholarship Programme 2019

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Closing Date: 31 August 2018

Hatch is seeking for Students who are interested in developing an Engineering Career in the consulting field who enjoy working in a dynamic environment.

Our Bursary  offers:


  • We offer bursaries to students studying Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Structural and Mechatronics Engineering.
  • We require a minumum academic average of 65%.
  • Traditionally we offer bursaries to students between 2nd and final year,.
  • We offer both full cost and partial bursaries, depending on the students’ needs/requirements.

Key Disciplines:

  • Chemical & Process Engineering
  • Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Systems
  • Environmental

Application Process

  • For more information on Hatch, or how to begin your career with us, please call Thabiso Molakeng or Adeela Cajee Tel (011) 239 5300

How To Apply

Apply Online for the Hatch: Bursary / Scholarship Programme 2019

Investec: Bursary / Scholarship Programme 2018

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Closing Date: 31 August 2018

If you’re a young South African citizen who is committed to their academic achievements but doesn’t have the financial means to study further, we are interested in speaking to you. You must, however, hold or be working towards a matric exemption with a minimum of 70% in English and Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and a 60% pass rate in all your other subjects.

Closing Date: 31 August 2018

If you’re a young South African citizen who is committed to their academic achievements but doesn’t have the financial means to study further, we are interested in speaking to you. You must, however, hold or be working towards a matric exemption with a minimum of 70% in English and Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and a 60% pass rate in all your other subjects.

What Degrees Do Our Bursaries Cover?

We offer full bursaries to learners who are planning to study towards the following undergraduate university degrees:

  • Commerce (Economics, Business Economics, Accounting, Investments and Finance)
  • BCom Informatics
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Information Technology
  • BIT-Bachelors of Information Technology
  • BIS-Bachelor of Information Science
  • Business Science
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Commercial LLB

How To Apply

Download Application  Form

Transnet Bursaries 2018

Transnet is a state owned enterprise that was founded in 1990. The company employs over 50 000 people throughout South Africa and specializes in the following fields.

  • Railway Freight – Our economy is hugely reliant on transnets railway infrastructure to deliver raw materials, goods and other resources required for industry
  • Ports – Imports and Exports by sea also play a large part in our economic growth and Transnet have built Ports that can manage that demand.
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  • The importance of the company can not be understated. Like most governmental organizations their success or failure will greatly impact the lives of ordinary South Africans.

    Transnet always seems to be expanding and with that growth comes a real need for qualified professionals….hence the Transnet Bursary.

  • Transnet have a large number of physical assets such as freight trains, port cranes etc. These assets are located nationwide and require a large team of really smart people to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

    These smart people are generally called engineers  and Transnet needs many of them.

    Thus the fields of study offered by the bursary are just for budding young engineers.

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering (Heavy)
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Metallurgy

    Its basically an engineering bursary.

  • Selection Process

    Applicants are required to fill out the bursary form that can be found on Transnet’s website. Learners with a good academic record will then be required to attend an interview with the bursary department. If that goes well and you are physically up to working for the company then you stand a good chance of getting the bursary.

    Other criteria…

    • Only South Africans will be considered
    • Applicants must at least have a 5 rating for both Mathematics and Physical Science

    What does the bursary cover?

    Transnet is pretty lenient on where you can study. As long as its a undergraduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields then you can study at your nearest University.

    The bursary covers….

    • Tuition Fees
    • Registration Fees
    • Exam Fees
    • Accommodation
    • Meal Allowance
    • Book Allowance
    • Experiential Training (Primarily provided during University holidays)

    Bursary Conditions

    • Awarded bursaries are reviewed each year and can be cancelled if you do not perform academically.
    • You will be required to work back each year that you have been sponsored by the bursary
    • If your bursary is cancelled by breach of contract then you or your guardian will be liable to settle all outstanding University fees

    In short, pass all your subjects and stay out of trouble and you should be fine.


    Completed application forms must be submitted to the Transnet bursary office before the 31 July.

    Physical Address: Room 4206 Carlton Center 150 Commissioner Street Johannesburg

     Postal Address: PO Box 72501 Parkview South Africa 2122 

    Contact Details: 011 308 3000

  • Please contact Transnet directly for updates on their bursary program

Sasol Bursary Programme for 2019 Academic Year

International integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol invites top Maths and Science Grade 12 learners to apply for its all-inclusive bursary to study Engineering, Science or Accounting at approved South Africa’s public Universities and Universities of Technology in the 2019 academic year.

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Sasol has established a reputation in the market as an employer of choice. The bursary programme boasts an all-inclusive package recognised in South Africa for being highly competitive. The programme aims to attract exceptional young talent to the organisation. If you have what it takes to become part of this exciting team, the Sasol Bursary Programme is ready to change your life! Bursaries awarded are for full-time university studies in engineering, science and accounting.

Sasol in 2016 invested R79, 6 million in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education as part of its investment in programmes that stimulate sustainable socio-economic development and address South Africa’s critical skills gap.

“We at Sasol understand that ensuring students’ academic success takes more than just paying for their studies. That is why the Sasol Bursary gives learners much more than just funding for their studies but also emotional and other support. It is through our dedicated support team that gives bursars personalized attention, career support as well as life guidance that we ensure that they succeed,” said Monica Luwes, Manager: Graduate Centre, Sasol Corporate Bursary Services.

For more than 30 years, Sasol provided comprehensive bursaries to top performing learners in the fields of Maths and Science. The Sasol bursary programme covers bursars’ tuition fees, accommodation, meals, textbooks and pocket money. Furthermore, successful applicants also receive performance-based awards and allowance for laptops and other study tools such as calculators. Sasol bursars have the opportunity to do paid vacation work during the school holidays and to be part of the company’s Graduate Development Programme once they completed studies.


For 2019, Sasol is looking for top performing learners who want to study towards a B Eng or BSc Eng in various engineering disciplines, BSc in Chemistry and Accounting (CA route) or learners interested in studying Instrumentation, Mining Survey and Mechanical or Electrical Engineering at a University of Technology. Applicants need to obtain 70% for Maths, 70% for Science and 60% for English to be considered. Sasol also provides postgraduate opportunities in Science and Engineer for deserving students.

“This is a lifetime opportunity for young, talented and ambitious learners. The aim of the Sasol bursary is to give learners peace of mind by taking care of all their education needs and related costs. All that the Sasol bursars have to do is to focus on their studies and get the best results,” said Monica.

Education is one of the pillars of Sasol’s social investment. Through this bursary programme, the Sasol Group aims to uplift the communities of South Africa. Top performing bursars also have the opportunity to start and build their careers at Sasol, which has operations in Sasolburg in the Free State and Secunda in Mpumalanga.

How to apply

Applications close on 30 April 2018. Click here to apply online

PIC: Bursary / Scholarship Programme 2018

Closing Date: 08 December 2017

The PIC has a bursary programme that identifies previously disadvantaged learners from designated groups with academic potential who want to study. Candidates that show an innovative business potential that can prove they need financial support will be considered for these bursaries.

Bursaries Available:

Students who intend studying in the following fields should apply:

  • Listed Investments (JSE Listed Companies)
  • Unlisted Investments (Impact Investing, Private Equity, Structured Investments Products and Asset Management (Properties))
  • Information Technology
  • Research and Projects Development (Fund of Funds)
  • Legal
  • Finance (Corporate and Investment Finance)
  • Human Resources

Vacation Work:

  • Vacation work and Internship / Learnership programmes are available for bursary holders and unemployed youth during June / July or December / January periods.

Application Criteria:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Preference will be given to applicants in Grade 12 or already registered at an accredited Institute of Higher Learning in South Africa, at under-graduate level (NQF 6 and 7)
  • Preference will be given to applicants under the age of 35 years
  • Be in financial need (Household income must be less than R600 000 per annum )
  • Academic achievement will be considered
  • Be a full time student and an unemployed youth

Bursary Application Instructions:

  • All compulsory fields (*) must be completed
  • All supporting documents must be certified (certified copies must not be older than 3 months at submission date)
  • The application form must be signed by the applicant and Parent/Guardian in the case of minors
  • Incomplete application forms and/or falsified, uncertified, invalid documentation will not be considered

Supporting Documents Checklist:

  • Completed application form
  • A copy of a valid RSA identity document
  • Proof of disability (medical certificate)
  • Proof of monthly household income and dependants
  • Academic transcripts (if currently enrolled at an accredited tertiary institution)
  • Matric Certificate (or Grade 11 and June results if currently in Grade 12)
  • Copy of signed student loan agreement (if applicable)
  • Preliminary acceptance letter(s) from an accredited tertiary institution
  • Tax/ Pro-forma invoice indicating fees payable (tuition, books, learning institution accredited accommodation and meals)

Bursary Terms:


The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) invites students to apply for FBIP Scholarship / Bursary Programme for 2018 academic year.

Closing Date: 15 January 2018 at 17:00
Location: South Africa


Check full details below…

The Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) is offering the following bursaries for postgraduate studies for the 2018 academic year:

  • 8 Honours bursaries with a value of R65,000 each (funding for one year)
  • 4 Masters bursaries with a value of R90,000 per year for a maximum of two years
  • 1 Doctoral bursary with a value of R120,000 for three years
  • Programme background:

    The FBIP is a long-term programme to generate, manage and disseminate foundational biodiversity information and knowledge so that this can be managed, secured, disseminated and applied to address the needs of society. The programme is funded by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

    Study field:

    Successful applicants will be expected to carry out projects in taxonomy, DNA barcoding, generation of species occurrence records / data or the application / use of such data in addressing questions relevant to global change or the bioeconomy.

    Criteria and eligibility:

    • The bursaries are offered to South African citizens registering at any national institution in 2018.
    • Students who receive any other bursary or scholarship are not eligible to apply for the FBIP bursaries.
    • Only students who are registered for full-time study are eligible for the FBIP bursaries (ie. applicants may not be employed on a full-time internship).
    • Bursaries will be awarded according to a score calculated based on equity (40%), academic record (30%) and relevance of proposed project to the FBIP focus, support of supervisor and motivation for why the bursary is needed (30%). In the case of honours students who do not have a project, a letter describing potential areas of focus for projects and studies needs to be submitted.

    What the bursary covers:

    The bursary allocation is intended to cover registration fees and / or living expenses. Project supervisors are expected to cover the running costs of projects.

    Application process:

    Applicants are requested to complete the application cover sheet attached below, and also submit the following documents:

    Full CV
    • Certified copy of ID document
    • Academic transcript showing marks for courses studied
    • Certified copy of highest qualification
    • Statement of acceptance and support from supervisor / Head of Department
    • Project out-line (1-2 pages) or in case of honours students who do not have a project, a letter describing potential areas of focus for projects and studies needs to be submitted.
    • Letter of motivation for scholarship


    Please name each document clearly and send with the application cover sheet to with “FBIP bursary application” in the subject line. Emails must be <10MB.

    Closing date: 17h00 on 15 January 2018

    Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January 2018, but payment of the bursary will be according to NRF schedules and may take several weeks.

    Once SANBI has notified the successful applicants they will be expected to register at the university where they will be studying, and to request the university to nominate them on the NRF system for the bursary. The bursary will be awarded to the student by the NRF through the university which will administer the payment of the bursary to the student.


    Prof Michelle Hamer


    Telephone: 012 8435017 / 082 8037222

    Dr Lita Pauw


    Telephone: 012 843 5113

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This brief article is meant to highlight and conscientise the applicant and the applicant’s family as to who may apply and qualifies for a SANZAF Zakah Bursary. It is meant to raise moral / ethical issues in the hearts and minds of the applicant and the applicant’s family.


However, as the onus or burden of proof for eligibility to receive Zakah rests with the applicant and the applicant’s family, it is important that both the applicant and the applicant’s family read and understand the content of this document before submitting an application form. We apologise in advance if we offend anyone in the process.

To begin with, let it be known that the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) is committed to the upliftment and empowerment of the community. This objective is realised through several developmental programmes undertaken by us. However, the primary target group in this regard are those that society in general have forgotten or neglected and who are generally described a “poverty stricken” individuals / families, i.e. the unemployed, those with menial or low paying jobs and those with insufficient income.

Also, the Shariah has identified eight categories of recipients of Zakah, namely:

  1. The Poor
  2. The Needy
  3. The Administrators of Zakah
  4. The Reverts
  5. Those in Debt
  6. Those in Bondage
  7. Those (striving) in the path of Allah
  8. The Wayfarer

The English translations above give a general sense, rather than the specific intent, of who the Shariah intended to benefit through the institution of Zakah. To that end, only some of the above categories may qualify for a SANZAF bursary, viz.:

The Poor:
Generally, those that are unemployed (due to unavailability of work or an inability to secure work due to a lack of skills). It will not include for example, people who can work or have work opportunities – even if unrelated to their skills set or professions. For example, people unwilling to take up some of other form of employment due to pride or an unemployed carpenter unwilling to take up employment as a driver or an unemployed accountant unwilling to take up employment as a cashier, etc.

The Needy:
Generally, those that are employed, even as professionals, but whose income is insufficient to cover basic living expenses. However, while the Shariah makes an allowance for basic necessities to be exempt from Zakah, for example; a home, mode of transport, furniture, clothing, etc. it also balances the need to own and acquire assets by urging moderation, non-extravagance and living within ones means. The latter may include planning for the likes of education or other eventualities at the expense of luxuries and conveniences etc.

Those in Debt:
Generally, those who through circumstances beyond their control, find themselves in debt and are unable to settle same from existing assets, even if it means selling personal assets. Usually one who is faced with the prospect of a legal challenge that will render one insolvent.

Zakah is by design an outright grant, i.e. it is not a loan that needs to be re-paid. Therefore, one cannot justify ‘borrowing’ Zakah with the intent of paying it back later without taking the necessary steps to ensure that one qualifies for Zakah in the first place. However, while there is no obligation to repay Zakah, one may voluntarily ‘re-pay’ it or contribute to such a fund if one so wishes. The nature or intention of any such ‘repayment’ will be judged by Allah.

How to Apply

Open The Links below for Online Application Forms per Region

Northern Cape Bursary Form

Gauteng Bursary Form

PMB & Ladysmith Bursary Form

Durban Bursary Form

Closing Date: Closing dates differs per region, Click Here


Transnet freight rail
Transnet engineering
Transnet national ports authority
Transnet port terminals
Transnet pipelines

Specialist units

Transnet Group Capital
Transnet Property
pdf applicant form
bursary advert
This list may vary depending on the needs of the company
Fields of study: B. Engineering
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  • Industrial (Ref no: 60000173)
  • Metallurgy (physical) (Ref no: 60000170)
  • Electrical (heavy current) (Ref no: 60000167)
  • Electronic (Ref no: 60000171)
  • Mechanical (Ref no: 60000169)
  • Civil (Ref no: 60000175)
These operating divisions, supported by Company-wide specialist functions, give meaning to our philosophy of “One Company, One Vision”.
It is with pride that we announce that our business philosophy of “delivering freight reliably” not only applies to our business practices but also to you as one of our prospective future bursary holders. This aligns to address Transnet’s skills needs in support of the Transnet Market Demand Strategy.
We welcome the interest you have shown in Transnet as a prospective future employer and trust that we can, through our bursary scheme, assist you to make your dreams come true.

Full-time undergraduate

Full-time bursaries are awarded annually according to the employment needs of the company. All our full-time students are viewed as potential employees – depending on vacancies being available after successfully completing their qualifications.

Bursary Value

The comprehensive bursary covers the following:
Tuition fees
Accommodation and meals
Book Allowance
Experiential training
Students are allowed to study at a South African University of their own choice who offers the relevant fields of study.


After the screening of applications by the Transnet Bursary Department, candidates – based on academic performance on secondary or tertiary level – will be invited to be interviewed. The interviews will take place in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Durban.
The final selection and award is subjective to the following:
Satisfactory academic results
Medical fitness

What will Transnet expect from me? (Contractual Obligations)

Students are required to render one year’s service for every year of financial aid received from Transnet after acquiring the qualification.
Subjects failed must be repeated at student’s own cost. Termination of the bursary will be in consultation with the student and the training institution.
If the student fails to comply with the requirements of the bursary agreement, the bursary becomes payable in terms of the agreement.
The bursary will be renewed annually if the student’s academic performance is satisfactory.

Vacation work

Vacation work is available during June/July or December/January holidays.
The following information must be supplied:
Required period
Preferred location
Accommodation arrangements are the student’s responsibility and must be paid for by the student with the allowance received.

Work Integrated Learning

University of Technology Students:
Transnet provides work integrated to students who have a completed S4 in-order to obtain the qualification in line with the requirements set by the training institution.
Bursary Office
Physical Address
Floor 21
Carlton Centre
150 Commissioner Street